Holidays Calendar for November 23, 2012

St George is one of the most venerated saints in Georgia, and his feast day, known as St George's Day (or Giorgoba) is a public holiday. It's annually celebrated on November 23.

Every year the Japanese commemorate labor and production on November 23. This is a special day, that is known as Labor Thanksgiving Day and it has got a very long history.

Rudolph Maister Day is a public holiday in Slovenia. It's celebrated every year on November 23 since 2005, when it was established as a working public holiday.

Since 2014 people of the Turks and Caicos Islands celebrate National Day of Thanksgiving on the fourth Friday in November. This holiday has nothing in common with the American Thanksgiving Day.

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Presidents Day is one of the public holidays in the Federated States of Micronesia. It is celebrated annually on November 23 to commemorate the birthday of Tosiwo Nakayama, who served as the first president of Micronesia from 1979 to 1987.

Family Day is a public holiday in Palau celebrated on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which is usually the fourth or sometimes the fifth Friday in November. It was officially established by the government of Palau to celebrate family values and give the citizens a long weekend.

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Tasu’a, also spelled Tassoua, is the day before Ashura, an Islamic holiday commemorating the Battle of Karbala and the martyrdom of Imam Husayn ibn Ali. While Ashura is a public holiday in a number of countries, Iran is the only country that celebrates Tasu’a as a public holiday as well.

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International Day to End Impunity (IDEI) is observed by individuals in many countries around the world on November 23. This observance was created by IFEX in 2011.

Traffic Police Day in Kazakhstan is celebrated annually on November 23. Although the traffic police and the patrol police of Kazakhstan were merged to form the administrative police in 2013, police officers responsible for traffic control still celebrate their professional holiday.

World Watercolor Day, also referred to as International Watercolor Day, is celebrated on November 23 by watercolorists around the world. It was initiated by the Mexican artist Alfredo Guati Rojo who is best known for his work to popularize watercolor painting.

Seng Kut Snem is an annual holiday observed in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It celebrates the history, culture and tradition of the Khasi people who make up a significant portion of the state’s population.

Native American Heritage Day is an American observance held annually on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day. It was created to highlight the contributions of Native Americans and celebrate their rich cultural heritage.

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Armed Forces Day is celebrated in Lithuania annually on November 23. The celebration of this holiday is marked by military parades, military equipment expositions, concerts, decoration ceremonies etc.

The National Espresso Day is a food day observed on November 23. It is dedicated to thick coffee that got its name thanks to the technology used to make it.

The Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. is often referred to as Black Friday. It marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and many retailers offer promotional sales on this day. Black Friday used to be a typically American phenomenon, but lately it has been promoted by retailers in many countries.

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National Cashew Day is observed annually on November 23. It was created to celebrate a popular snack nut, which is, technically, not a nut from a botanical point of view but is considered a nut in a culinary sense.

November 23 is the perfect day to put some cranberry jam on your toast or cranberry sauce on your steak because it is National Eat a Cranberry Day. This unofficial holiday was created to celebrate a tart red berry that is rarely eaten on its own but can be used to make an impressive variety of dishes.

Buy Nothing Day is an annual international event, that takes place on Friday after Thanksgiving Day in the USA and on the next Saturday in other countries. It was started in Canada in 1992.

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Maize Day, sometimes referred to as National Maize Day, is celebrated every year on the day after Thanksgiving, coinciding with Black Friday. It was created to celebrate one of the most important food crops grown in North America.

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National Day of Listening is an unofficial holiday celebrated on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day. It was launched in 2008 by StoryCorps, a NPO whose mission is to provide Americans of all beliefs and backgrounds to record, preserve, and share the stories of their lives.

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Fibonacci Day is observed by math geeks around the world on November 23. It was created to celebrate a renowned Italian mathematician who is widely regarded as the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle Ages.

 

This Day in History

  • 2012 Died: Larry Hagman, American film and television actor best known for his portrayal of ruthless oil baron J. R. Ewing in the prime time television soap opera Dallas.
  • 2011 President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh fled to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to sign the Gulf Co-operation Council plan for political transition, transferring his powers to his deputy.
  • 2006 Died: Betty Comden, American actress, lyricist, librettist, and screenwriter. She is best known was one-half of the musical comedy duo Comden and Green.
  • 2006 Died: Philippe Noiret, French film actor best known for his roles in the films Le vieux fusil (The Old Gun), Life and Nothing But, and Nuovo Cinema Paradiso.
  • 2005 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected president of Liberia, becoming the first female leader of an African country. In 2011, Sirleaf won a Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 2001 Died: Constance Mary Whitehouse, English social activist primarily remembered for her strong opposition of the mainstream British media and social liberalism.
  • 1992 Born: Miley Ray Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to prominence after being cast in Hannah Montana.
  • 1991 Died: Klaus Kinski (born Klaus Gunther Nakszynski), German actor of stage and screen primarily remembered as a leading role actor in the films of Werner Herzog.
  • 1990 Died: Roald Dahl, British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. One of his best known works is the children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • 1985 EgyptAir Flight 64 was hijacked by the terrorist organization Abu Nidal. The subsequent raid on the aircraft in Malta by Egyptian troops resulted in dozens of deaths.
  • 1980 A 6.89 magnitude earthquake took place in the Irpinia region in Southern Italy. It killed 2,914 people, injured more than 10,000 and left 300,000 homeless.
  • 1970 Died: Yusof bin Ishak, Singaporean politician and statesman who served as the first President of Singapore from 1965 to 1970. He was also known as a journalist.
  • 1966 Born: Vincent Cassel (born Vincent Crochon), French actor best known for his performances in the films Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen, and Black Swan.
  • 1963 BBC aired the first episode of the science-fiction television series Doctor Who. The show is a significant part of British popular culture and a cult television favorite.
  • 1961 Born: John Schnatter, American businessman best known as the founder, owner, CEO, and spokesperson of Papa John's Pizza. He founded the company in 1984.
  • 1943 The Deutsches Opernhaus in Berlin was destroyed by a Royal Air Force raid during World War II. It was eventually rebuilt in 1961 as the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
  • 1943 Born: Andrew Goodman, American civil rights activist. He was murdered near Philadelphia, MS, during Freedom Summer in 1964 by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
  • 1940 The Kingdom of Romania signed the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis powers. This was due to the Romanian desire for protection against the Soviet Union.
  • 1936 LIFE magazine was relaunched by Henry Luce as a photo magazine. The magazine enjoyed instant success which stimulated many imitators, such as Look.
  • 1927 Born: Guy Davenport, American author, editor, translator, intellectual, literary critic, professor, and artist. He won the 1996 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.
  • 1916 Born: Michael Gough, English character actor known for his recurrent role as Alfred Pennyworth in all four films of the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher Batman series.
  • 1910 Johan Alfred Ander became the last person to be executed in Sweden and the only person to be executed in Sweden following the instatement of the guillotine.
  • 1890 Died: William III of the Netherlands, King of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg from 1849 until his death. He was succeeded by his daughter Wilhelmina.
  • 1887 Born: Henry Moseley, English physicist primarily remembered for justifying from physical laws of the previous empirical and chemical concept of the atomic number.
  • 1887 Born: Boris Karloff (stage name William Henry Pratt), English actor best known for his roles in horror films, especially in the Frankenstein series filmed in the 1930s.
  • 1837 Born: Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Dutch theoretical physicist and thermodynamicist who won the 1910 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the equation of state for gases and liquids.
  • 1804 Born: Franklin Pierce, American politician and statesman who served as the 14th President of the United States from 1853 to 1857. He opposed the abolitionism.
  • 1733 The 1733 slave insurrection on St. John started in the Danish West Indies. 150 African slaves from Akwamu evolted against the owners and managers of the plantations.
  • 1682 Died: Claude Lorrain (born Claude Gellée), French painter, engraver, and draughtsman of the Baroque era. He is best known for his landscape paintings.
  • 1572 Died: Agnolo di Cosimo, usually known as Il Bronzino, Italian Mannerist painter. His best known works include Andrea Doria as Neptune and Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time.